As an actress, the Massachusetts-born star, Eliza Patricia Dushku, has been in the industry for a while. Although she made her debut in 1992, she began acting at ten years old and has gone on to appear in multiple films and TV shows. Her filmography includes shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the film, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Time in Hollywood has also made Eliza Dushku a notable national personality, with fans who are curious about various aspects of her life, including her husband, businessman, and former tennis player, Peter Palandijian.
A Look At Eliza Dushku’s Impressive Filmography
Today, Eliza Dushku has more than sixty film and television credits to her name. It is a culmination of a journey that began when she was ten years old when she drew attention from casting agents, having seen her performances in plays at her local Watertown theater. The attention led to her first role, a lead role as Alice in the 1992 film, That Night.
Sure enough, she impressed with her performance in the film, and it led to another role in the 1993 film, This Boy’s Life. She played Pearl alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. Her performance in the film solidified her footing as a young actress in the industry, and she went on to make further appearances in films like True Lies, Bye Bye Love, Race the Sun, and Journey.
Eventually, the string of film and television appearances led to Eliza Dushku’s most popular role to date, Faith in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She was initially booked to appear in five episodes of the show. But the popularity of her character turned five episodes into a regular third season appearance, two-part appearances in the third season, as well as the first season of the show’s spinoff, Angel.
With Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Eliza became a household name, and she went on to appear in several more roles on the small and big screen. She also did voice work for some video games, such as Yakuza, Saints Row 2, and Fight Night Champion. All in all, Eliza Dushku has more than 64 credits to her name, with seven award nominations, recognizing her performances.
These Are Her Best Roles So Far
Considering she is still an active actress in the industry, the best, as they say, for Eliza, is yet to come. But since 1992, she has received several recognitions for her role across film, TV, and video games. In terms of popularity, her role as Faith on Buffy the Vampire Slayer remains her most popular role. She is also notable for her work on the spinoff, Angel. Other famous parts include Caroline Farrell on Dollhouse and Tru Davies in Tru Calling.
Critically, Eliza Dushku’s best roles include Megan Paige in The Alphabet Killer, She-Hulk in the video game, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H, and June Pepper in the TV show, Leap Year. These roles earned her award nominations from Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, Behind the Voice Actors Awards, and The Streamy Awards.
The Actress Has a Modest Net Worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, more than two decades of working as an actress in Hollywood has given Eliza Dushku a $20 million net worth. The actress has benefited from appearing in several lead roles on the big screen, and multiple episodical appearances on TV. Her exact earnings per film or episode are unknown, but it is presumed they have been a significant contributor to her net worth.
One other major contributor to Eliza Dushku’s impressive financial standing is a $9.5 million sexual harassment settlement she got from CBS. She got the payment after her wrongful firing from a recurring role on Bull. Another major source of her wealth is the revenues from her own production company named “Boston Diva Productions,” where she also serves as the CEO.
How She Met And Married Peter Palandijian
Eliza Dushku’s negative experience on Bull is a slight on an overall good personal life, especially when it comes to relationships. She was once in a relationship with the former basketball player, Rick Fox. The two of them were together between October 2009 and June 2014. It is unknown why their long-term relationship came to an end.
Three years after the relationship came to an end, she announced her engagement to Peter Palandijian. The couple got married on August 18, 2018, and have since given birth to a son, Philip, born in 2019.
Before dating and getting married to the actress, Peter was married to Marie-Louise Palandijian. Their marriage produced four children, all of whom are now stepchildren to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress.
Eliza Dushku’s Husband is a Real Estate Mogul
Her husband, Peter Palandijian, is the CEO of Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation. The company has been in existence since 1959 when his father established it. The company has a portfolio worth more than $4 billion and has held more than $10 billion in real estate assets since its existence.
However, more interestingly, Eliza Dushku’s husband is also a former professional tennis player. He began his career at Harvard, where he captained the varsity team and played in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships. After graduation, he competed professionally, winning six ATP tour Challenger titles and competed in three Grand Slam events, the US Open, Wimbledon and French Open.
As a pro player, Peter Palandijian’s highest ATP Singles ranking was 280, while his Doubles ranking was 175. After two years, he retired from the sport to begin a business career. During his professional career, some of Peter’s notable victories include Andrew Sznajder, Mark Dickson, Ricardo Acuna, and Jay Lapidus. He won a total of $30,728 in prize money, and one of his Doubles partners, Jim Courier, went on to become the world number one.
Finally, the real estate mogul was not the only tennis player in the family. His brother, Paul, was also a player who competed at the collegiate level. He worked with Bain & Company, and later as an assistant to the CEO of Staples before he assumed his father’s position as the CEO of their construction and real estate firm.